Franco Zeffirelli: Complete Works - Theatre, Opera, Film by Caterina Napoleone
In a career spanning more than 60 years, Franco Zeffirelli established himself as the world’s most gifted, original, and flamboyant director of opera, theatre, and film. Here is the definitive book on the life and work of this great master of spectacle. Produced in full cooperation with Zeffirelli and his family, it explores every aspect of his astonishing achievement in the performing arts. The performance shots of classic stage productions are particularly revealing, each a lasting testament to Zeffirelli’s visual expertise. Even more suggestive are Zeffirelli’s costume sketches, set designs, and technical drawings, which reveal the artist’s mind through the artist’s hand. Both a monument to an artistic genius and a magnificent piece of bookmaking, Franco Zeffirelli: Complete Works is a must-have book for anyone who has beem moved by the works of the master.
Praise for Franco Zeffirelli: Complete Works:
"Only a gorgeous, massive ten-pound book well over a foot long would do for the Italian master of gargantuan opera productions." -The Los Angeles Times
Franco Zeffirelli first entered the theatre in 1945 as a set designer, working as an assistant to Luchino Visconti. Soon he moved into direction, and from theatre into opera and cinema. His productions of La Boheme, Tosca, Pagliacci, Carmen, and Don Giovanni are definitive. Among his films are Romeo and Juliet (1968), Hamlet (1990), and Tea with Mussolini (1998).
Caterina Napoleone is an art historian. She has published numerous books, including Zeffirelli at The Met (2008).